Forest Home Chapel
Sunday, July 25, 2021
United Methodist Church, Ithaca New York

Rebecca Dolch

The Sermons of The Reverend Rebecca W. Dolch

Preached at Forest Home Chapel


About Rebecca

Q: Who influenced your preaching?

Rebecca: My Dad was a preacher and he was a terrific storyteller. I remember drawing on the church bulletins as a little girl in church, but stopping when Dad told a story. As a young adult I was blessed to have a pastor who was a renowned New Testament scholar. He could make the Bible seem so alive and relevant, but in a way that had intellectual appeal. Last but not least, I watched late night comedy most of my life. Comedy is all about sound bites. Comedians are masters at condensing stories and words and facial expressions in ways that hold people’s attention and lift their spirits. Sermons need to do the same things!

Q: When did you start preaching?

Rebecca: I went to seminary in 1975 because I had a series of mystical dreams (seeing invisible things, talking with Jesus, magic sparks, etc.) and I wanted to know what they meant. The seminary in Rochester had a course in dreams as a means to meaning, but in order to take it, I had to take the first year of graduate school (A Masters of Divinity required three fulltime years of coursework.) I thought: “That might be fun!”As I took the courses I discovered a love for the Bible and pastoral care and preaching, and voila! a preacher was born.

Three years later, at age 27, I was ordained and became an associate pastor in Rochester, NY, then a college chaplain. My husband Bud and I were co-pastors in East Bloomfield for 5 years; then I became a District Superintendent of the Batavia District. Preaching in 54 churches and for conference events around the country offered amazing experiences. I preached at St. Paul’s UMC in Ithaca for 16 years, and retired early (for three years.) I realized I missed preaching and being with a congregation, so here I am again, enjoying this experience immensely. Forest Home Chapel has such intelligent and responsive people. It makes a difference to a preacher when the congregation shows up and participates wholeheartedly! 

2020 Sermons

Identity Markers
January 20

2019 Sermon

Living Beyond Opposites
(Fifth Anniversary of Reconciling Ministry)
Rebecca Dolch, October 27, 2019  

2014 Sermons

The Bible and Homosexuality
Rebecca Dolch, February 2, 2014

2013 Sermons

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit, given by Pastor Rebecca Dolch January 13, 2013

Camel Spirituality, given by Pastor Rebecca Dolch January 6, 2013

2012 Sermons

The Poinsettia Perspective, given by Pastor Rebecca Dolch December 30, 2012

Adventure Tale Theology. June 17

The Accessible Bible Project. June 10

Lessons from a Road Trip. April 29

Setting Our Intentions. April 22

Message in a Basket. April 8, Easter Sunday

The Ten Commandments. March 11

Reborn. March 4

Tested. February 26

Glimpsing the Glorious. February 19

The Phoenix Affirmations 5-8. January 22

The Phoenix Affirmations 1-4. January 15

Follow That Star. January 8

Ponderings. January 1

2011 Sermons

Your Manger Scene is Showing. December 24

The Bestseller Plot. December 18

The Long Walk. December 11

It Adds Up. December 4

Lamentations vs. Whining. November 27

What Do We Do With Death? November 6

The Spiritual Path: Community. October 30

What Does Service Look Like on the Spiritual Path? October 23

What You Believe Is What You Receive. October 16

Lost and Found. October 9

Yes and No. October 2

You Are Invited. September 18

Importunity. September 11

Laborers in the Vineyard. September 4

Treasure. August 28

What Is This Thing Called Worship? August 21

Who Is This Jesus? August 14

Communion. Means. Grace. August 7

What is Your Paradigm? July 31

What Do You Want? July 24